These “support services” are really the core, not the frills, of any prenatal care. What is important is to give women the attention they deserve for the magnitude of the experience they are undergoing. I do not believe that a few hours is an excessively expensive amount to add to a prenatal care package. Particularly when the results may contribute to decreased complications and increased self-esteem. Mothers and families are worth it! It is an alternative well worth trying in the prenatal services we deliver to families.
Is it too much to ask that women and their families be supported in their childbirth experience, rather than set up to compete and devalue one another in an effort to make sense of the power of birth?
Whether a woman gives birth vaginally, naturally or with medication, or by cesarean, it is an event any one of us can help her accept and integrate. It is an honor to be a part of this process that remains, despite all that is said -- an ordinary miracle.